What Is Enameloplasty?

Posted by Ousama El-Hillal | June 12, 2015

Enameloplasty, also referred to as tooth reshaping, is a cosmetic dental care procedure that improves the appearance of teeth. The procedure involves shaving off enamel in order to change the shape and/or size of the teeth. The following information will provide you with just about everything you need to know about the procedure.

More about enameloplasty
While this procedure doesn’t substantially affect the appearance of your smile like veneers do, it can improve the look of your teeth. Teeth that are a bit too big or somewhat misshapen can be repaired using enameloplasty in most cases. On the other hand, if the enamel is only about 2.5 mm thick, the tissues under the enamel can be extremely sensitive. What this means is that orthodontist can only remove a certain level of enamel before the procedure has the potential of causing damage and pain. For more serious issues that include crooked teeth, dentists typically use alternative treatment methods like veneers.

Who should consider enameloplasty?
Anybody with teeth that’s enamel surface has been worn down, chipped or cracked are good candidates for the enameloplasty procedure, to restore the teeth via reshaping and polishing. Dental issues caused by biting down on brittle surfaces and/or grinding your teeth can be treated with enameloplasty. On the other hand, when the teeth are damaged because of decay, a different procedure call enamelectomy will be used to remove enamel prior to the tooth being restored.

How is enameloplasty performed?
Enameloplasty is an uncomplicated procedure, and it can be completed during one visit to the dentist. First, the teeth are cleaned and polished to get them ready for the enameloplasty procedure. Next, the dentist gently files away small amounts of the enamel in order to reshape your teeth. Dentists use either sand paper or a sanding disc to gently file away enamel until they, and the patient, are happy with the look of the teeth. Once the teeth have been filed down, taking on a more appropriate shape, the teeth are polished again, which is the last step in the procedure. Unless you have questions or concerns about the procedure, no follow up appointments are necessary.

Does enameloplasty hurt?
Since tooth enamel doesnít have nerve endings, the procedure is pain free. The procedure will only hurt if the dentist files off too much enamel and reaches the dentin (sensitive tissue under the enamel). This shouldnít be a concern if you choose an experienced dentist to carry out the procedure.

Is enameloplasty a permanent procedure?
Enamel doesn’t grow back, so once it has been filed away, itís not going to return. Since the results are permanent, you’ll want to be completely sure about your decision to have the procedure before undergoing it. The best thing to do is to consult with a professional, experienced dentist before moving forward.

If your teeth are a bit oversized or misshapen you may be a candidate for enameloplasty. A dental professional will be able to provide you with more details and what to expect based on your specific needs.

Ousama El-Hillal
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics, Your Peoria Orthodontist with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.

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